Just Dessert- Tell everyone to leave dessert off their grocery list this year. Invite them over to your place Thanksgiving evening for a selection of delectable holiday treats. You could even put together a make your own sundae or cookie decorating station. Compliment cakes and pies with seasonal teas and flavored coffee. For a more adult soirée whip up a little Irish coffee,
Black Friday Brunch- Host a brunch for all those hardcore shoppers in your life. Once they're done hitting the stores they can stop by your place for pancakes or (my favorite) french toast. No need to do it all on your own. Why not focus on making those pancakes perfect and order sides like eggs and sausage from a local caterer. I like MENUS by Occasions Caterers. They have these really great potato cuts filled with egg and cheese.
Here's my own extra special French Toast recipe:
Cinnamon raisin bread
1 cup of milk
4 tsp brown sugar
(a couple sprinkles) cinnamon
(a couple sprinkles) nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
(enough to lightly grease the pan while cooking) butter
Makes 10-12 pieces of toast
Break eggs into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate; beat lightly with a fork. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and milk. Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with a thin layer of butter (or margarine).Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl or plate, letting slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side. Soak/coat only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time.Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. While still hot, sprinkle with brown sugar or powdered sugar. Serve with butter, syrup, or fruit topping.
Start a Tradition-Invite everyone to a touch football game, holiday movie marathon, or game night. Nothing gets the season started like some good old holiday theme karaoke. Families are often looking for something to do to stay entertained after dinner. Keeping everyone engaged and providing some planned activities can help to establish lasting traditions. I also love the idea of having the whole family volunteer the day before or even the morning of Thanksgiving. If you're staying in the DC area, join the Help the Homeless Walkathon on November 22.